Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)

One of my favorite books in recent years is The Hole in Our Gospel by the president of World Vision, Rich Stearns.  The hole in the gospel is the failure to care for the poor and needy. I think we have another hole in our gospel.  I see this in conversations and in comments and … Continue reading Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)

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Human Trafficking News – Recent Reads

The New Christian Abolition Movement: Motivated in large part by their religious traditions of protecting the vulnerable and serving “the least of these,” as Jesus instructed his followers to do in the Gospel of Matthew, World Relief and other Christian agencies like the Salvation Army are stepping up efforts and working with law enforcement to … Continue reading Human Trafficking News – Recent Reads

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 2)

This is my second post on Teresa of Avila's spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one. The whole point of this work is to show the soul's journey to God.  But this is no other-worldly, irrelevant spiritual mumbo-jumbo.  Teresa's message is actually quite practical. She emphasizes that true perfection, the essence of what it … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 2)

Listening to the Saints – Julian of Norwich: “All Shall be Well” (Part 2)

I previously wrote about 14th century Christian nun and mystical writer Julian of Norwich here.  Welcome to part two. What use is there in a book written 700 years ago by a woman who lived alone, seeing visions of Jesus which some today would say make her crazy?  I was skimming through reviews of her … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Julian of Norwich: “All Shall be Well” (Part 2)